WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, Minnesotans can fish without a license while accompanying a child younger than 16, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The annual take-a-kid fishing weekend is designed to rekindle childhood memories, construct some new ones, and create the next generation of anglers who will be the future stewards of the state’s natural resources.
“We urge people to pay attention to the young angler,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring coordinator. “Help bait the hook, cast, and watch for a bite. Share your childhood memories of fishing, too, or just plain talk.”
Visit the DNR website, www.dnr.state.mn.us, to find helpful fishing information, including the location of fishing piers, how to rig fishing gear and fish identification. Local bait shops also can offer good advice on where to take a child fishing.
“Adults unable to participate in this year’s official Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend should still consider inviting a youth to go fishing,” Kurre said. “The cost of an annual resident fishing license is just $17, an inexpensive investment in a child’s outdoor future.”